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Hozman 06-05-2012 02:44 PM

straight rib bones
 
We did our first comp last week. The one thing we had a hard time with was finding 6 straight spare rib bones to put in a box. Seemed all the bones angled. We had 6 slabs and was just able to find 7 straight bones for turn in.

How important are straight bones vs just have symmetrical looking ribs that look nice in a box. Is there a trick to purchasing ribs with straight bones?

bbq.tom 06-05-2012 02:48 PM

From a judge's view - straight bones are not required as long as the box looks good.

Just my $0.02.

hamiltont 06-05-2012 03:04 PM

I gota agree. As long as they aren't "S" shaped :shocked: . With that specific thought I think it's more important that you have a symmetrical cut so there are equal amounts of meat on each side of the bone, and the bones look symmetrical in the box. Cheers!!!

speers90 06-05-2012 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Hozman (Post 2081848)
We did our first comp last week. The one thing we had a hard time with was finding 6 straight spare rib bones to put in a box. Seemed all the bones angled. We had 6 slabs and was just able to find 7 straight bones for turn in.

How important are straight bones vs just have symmetrical looking ribs that look nice in a box. Is there a trick to purchasing ribs with straight bones?

I have been wondering the same thing, the last few cryo's of ribs I have bought have been horribly angled, so much so that I was lucky to get 6 ribs in the box at the last contest. Almost to the point that they were bent.

Told myself that I wouldn't let it happen again. I am going to buy a whole case of ribs this week just to see if there are two racks in the whole bunch that have straight bones.

Not sure if it effects the score that much, but it worried me when I was trying to get 6 in the box and my appearance scores were not as good as before when I was easily able to find 6 "straighter" bones.

The_Kapn 06-05-2012 03:54 PM

Question:

When y'all say "straight bones", are you talking about bones with no "side to side" curve, or bones that are perpendicular to the long axis of the slab??

Based on the actual condition, I have some thoughts--but need to figure out what you are talking about.

TIM

speers90 06-05-2012 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by The_Kapn (Post 2081942)
Question:

When y'all say "straight bones", are you talking about bones with no "side to side" curve, or bones that are perpendicular to the long axis of the slab??

Based on the actual condition, I have some thoughts--but need to figure out what you are talking about.

TIM

Tim,

For me it has been a little bit of both of those issues. The only bones that were straight for me on the last 6 racks were the ones on the meaty end and I don't like to turn those in.

One rack will have bones that are way out of perpendicular and the next will actually have bones that have a side to side curve in them.

I am open to any and all suggestions.

boogiesnap 06-05-2012 06:13 PM

don't buy multi rack cryoed ribs.

Jorge 06-05-2012 06:43 PM

straight bones = easier consistent cuts. At least for me.

speers90 06-05-2012 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by boogiesnap (Post 2082138)
don't buy multi rack cryoed ribs.

I think you hit the nail on the head! I was buying them from my local grocery store in individually cryoed packages and I could tell pretty well what they looked like, but when I showed up to buy them for the last comp they didn't have any.

Guess I better go ask a little sooner than the day before the comp next time!

Q-Dat 06-05-2012 09:11 PM

What really kills you is when you are slicing a rack, and everything is going great until you realize that all the bones are straight, they just change direction half way through. Kinda like this.

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boogiesnap 06-05-2012 09:17 PM

that's why i cut them meat side down.

djqualls 06-05-2012 10:21 PM

I've struggled with this all year. Finally have found some good St. Louis ones that are thick and straight and no curve like baby backs.

Before now I just tried to adjust the cut to make them look nice for the presentation.

Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ 06-06-2012 09:14 AM

Q-dat,
Also being from louisiana, I almost fell lucky with ribs are only this bad llllll////. It is hard to find good ribs down here.

Q-Dat 06-06-2012 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ (Post 2082757)
Q-dat,
Also being from louisiana, I almost fell lucky with ribs are only this bad llllll////. It is hard to find good ribs down here.

And for some stupid reason, there also seems to be a trend of cutting the bones too short.

chickenchoker 06-07-2012 03:01 AM

got a 2nd place call a few weeks ago.... had plenty of straight bones from the 6 racks we made. But the tastier ribs we chose to turn in were not the straight ones and hit. as long as the box looks good and the ribs are spot on you should have no issues


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